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Monte San Giorgio geo-paleontological path

Immerse yourself in the incredible thrill of a lost world, dating back more than 200 million years. To get there, ascend to the summit of Monte San Giorgio using the most historic cableway in Switzerland, through charming, centuries-old, chestnut woods. Then explore the geo-paleontological path at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Monte San Giorgio, traveling back in time thanks to one of the most important fossil deposits anywhere in the world.

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Itinerary features
13.49 KM
4H 30
Altitude graph
634 m.
Total climb
850 m.
Maximum altitude
634 m.
Total descent
Monday 18 November
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Alternative routes

The geo-paleontological path can be reached in a more challenging way from Riva San Vitale. To go up you can take the Brusino Arsizio - Serpiano cableway.
Right after Gaggio we recommend the excursion toward the Monte San Giorgio summit. Monte San Giorgio may also be reached from Pozzo. From the summit you can enjoy a stunning view ranging from the Morcote area to Monte Lema, with the Alpine chai...


To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website offers constantly updated data.

  • Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera
  • Food

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Tourism Organization Addresses

Mendrisiotto Turismo
Via Angelo Maspoli 15
CH-6850 Mendrisio

T +41 91 641 30 50
F +41 91 641 30 59

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